This week, The Golf Channel had a lot of golf to televise. They, as always, have the Thursday and Friday rounds of the PGA Tour event, plus the U.S. Amateur match play.
Now, before I get into my point here, I'd like to ask you this question; if you had both the U.S. Amateur and the Barclays, wouldn't you do everything in your power to show as much live golf as possible? Of course you would, your job as The Golf Channel is, above everything else, to show. us. golf.
On Thursday, The Golf Channel dropped the ball. They had live U.S. Amateur golf on in the afternoon, and as some of the matches were heating up, towards the closing holes, they "ran out of alloted time," pointing viewers to USGA.org to view the remaining matches. What was so important that they needed to switch over to? A replay of The Barclays, that had wrapped up hours before.
Yes, I'll wait for you to stop shaking your head.
Friday is another dropped ball for The Golf Channel. They showed the quarterfinal matches from 1-3 PM Eastern, but switched away to the Barclays (live this time, thank goodness) as most of the matches were completing. Now, understand this; watching guys play match play without watching how it ends is arguably the biggest sports tease imaginable. It would be like watching two heavyweights play a great fifth set in tennis, and when it went to a tiebreaker, leaving to water your yard.
Okay, so the dilemma on Friday is how do you show both things live? Well, the Amateur is in Washington, so why not just have the quarterfinal matches a little later, and show them live? Trust me, people would much rather watch the butt-end of these matches than the start of them. It is pointless to spend hours watching the U.S. Amateur if you don't get to see what happens over the final three holes. On top of that, they are switching to the Barclays where Phil Mickelson has already completed his round and Tiger Woods only has about six holes left.
If you've visited this site, you know I'm not a huge Golf Channel fan, more because I know it has the potential to be great and continues to disappoint. This week showed just how bad the network continues to be.
Figure it out, Golf Channel. We don't have an alternative golf network to switch over to when you guys disappoint.